Team Member: Rachel Levy
Event Name: Women Startup Challenge
Meredith Collins wrote -
Hookist founders Meredith Collins & Terry Derkach were on a quest to live vicariously thru those masters of the universe who magically capture the zeitgeist & make people everywhere SING!
Yep, we’re talking about rock stars. And country stars. And pop stars. You get the idea. So, they founded Hookist.
WHAT IS HOOKIST? Hookist is a collaborative songwriting platform where fans, music lovers & aspiring artists - YOU - get the unprecedented THRILL of writing an original song w/ your favorite artists! For real.
VALUE TO FANS: Hookist gives fans exceptional insight into the creative processes of music's most respected artists and the intimate - and often mind-blowing - experience of writing an original song with them!
VALUE TO ARTISTS: Hookist is the only social media platform that allows celebrated artists to engage with their fans AT SCALE in a totally relevant, authentic and meaningful way -- while creating a new income stream and marketplace to sell music, tix & merch! Here's a 90-second video!
VIEW AWESOME REWARDS BELOW!
PLEDGE NOW to get any of the following rewards - plus our eternal gratitude!
- 10 lyric submissions, Hookist drink cozy & sheet of Hookist stickers - $25
- Hookist T-shirt - $30
- Hookist T-shirt, sheet of Hookist stickers & 10 lyric submissions - $45
- Hookist deluxe tote bag, Hookist T-shirt & sheet of Hookist stickers - $85
- Throw The Coolest Birthday Party EVER!
- Kids’ Recording Session at beautiful NYC studio!
- 5 kids - $500
- 10 kids $1000
- Both include 4 hours, unlimited recording in high-tech vocal booth, your favorite karaoke music to sing to & take home CD!
- Adults Recording Session at beautiful NYC studio!
- 5 adults - $750
- 10 adults $1500
- Both include wine and assorted cheeses, 4 hours, unlimited recording in high-tech vocal booth, your favorite karaoke music to sing to & take home CD!
- Studio Time in Hookist’s beautiful NYC recording studio!
- Fully Produced Original Song – you write the lyrics, we do the rest – or you can sing it! $1500
- Half day of recording $250 ($400 value)
- Full day of recording $500 (worth $800)
- Remote mixing - $250
- Private Hookist Collaboration w/ your favorite artist for you and all your friends - $1000 plus artist fee paid separately
WHAT WILL THIS MONEY BE USED FOR? Your contributions will help us build new features that take our proof-of-concept-that-just-won’t-quit to the next level!
- First, we'll make the site responsive
- Then, we'll build iOS & Android apps
- Then, we'll build a "Watch an Ad to Earn Credits" feature
- Then, we'll flesh out the user profiles & add on-site notifications and other cool features!
HOW DOES HOOKIST WORK? Essentially, we’re crowd-sourcing a song, line-by-line, with a beloved and respected artist judging and refining it in a vibrant creative community devoted to making, sharing and discovering new music!
Watch 3x Grammy nominee, Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies, explain how Hookist works!
REPONSE: Sonic Scoop called Hookist “A glorious new use of the Web to create art with great musical artists” and fans have literally been sending us thank you notes for building it! One awesome guy called it “the bucket list item that never occurred to me til it happened”!
ENGAGEMENT: It’s through the roof! Fans spend between 9.5 and 14 minutes at Hookist depending on the artist! That's a really long time!
SOME SADISTS REALLY WANT PAIN. IS THERE ANY PAIN? YES! Music sales have plummeted by two thirds in the last decade and they’re not coming back. And let's face it, the latest in music tech is controversial and unproven at best.
STATUS: We recently launched a beta under the radar and wrote 8 songs with 3 Grammy nominees, 3 Juno winners, 2 artists who’ve sold over 10 million records, and 1 artist who co-wrote one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Records of All Time.” Listen to The Music of Hookist!
LAUNCH: We partnered with a legendary producer & will officially launch this summer with 16 Bars of Love & Thanks where 4 artists and their fans will write 4 songs in support of 4 veterans’ charities – think “We Are The World” in the digital age where the songs create long-term income for the charities! Want to learn more?
WHAT THE HECK IS A 'HOOKIST'? Hookist – n. a writer of great hooks.
HOOKIST Where songs are born & music matters.
Thank you so much for your support!